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An Independent Member's Career Set in Motion

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Following three years of amateur interest in photography, it was the Curator at the Museum's Observatory in 1947 (See Astronomical Connections) that suggested I enter a professional photographic career. On reflection I joined a Portrait Studio in Melbourne Central, as an apprentice until late 1951.

In 1952 I transferred to the newly created Kodak Colour Printing Laboratories, Abbotsford, Victoria. In this area of highly qualified scientific/technical specialists, I gained valuable quality instruction. The attached photo shows me (Far right) next to G. Green, the Laboratory Manager and other laboratory staff.


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In 1957, G. Green took 6 months leave to return to the UK and the Director of research Dr. N. B. Lewis appointed me as technical administer of the Colour Print Laboratory in G. Green's absence. Responsibility included the control of all color printing received from the Australasian Pacific region.
Kodak (Australasia) supported my two concurrent duties, one as a photographer attached to 21 (F) Squadron, RAAF Reserve; this gave me valuable experience Statewide and Interstate and the second, to the Museum of Applied Science, as a Honorary Staff Member, 1951-61. (See Astronomical Connections & Photographer- Airborne)

I resigned from Kodak in 1958, transferring to commercial photography for a diverse experience prior my Monash University, Physics Department appointment in 1962 as the supervisor of their Photographic Laboratory. The work encompassed optical/electron microscopy, the development of special techniques, relative to solid-state physics research and general photographic work related to the Departmental scientists, graduates and under-graduates.

In 1969, the Institute of Photographic Technology raised me to Fellowship.

Photos: Photographic Laboratories: Processing & Studio: View of Micro-image recording using Laser technology.

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In 1975, I presented a paper at the second Australian Conference of Science and Technology, ANZAS-SA Inc., Adelaide University, SA. This presentation dealt with photographic processing techniques suitable for mineral and metal specimens. Dr. B Hobbs, Dept. of Geophysics, ANU Canberra, requested details. I understand, following my visit, a similar photographic processing technique became their standard practice. Two single author papers .and two joint author papers were published.. I undertook a highly specialized 5-day training program at the nuclear facility, Lucas Heights NSW, in the use of gamma ray technology to increase the photographic density of processed negative images prior to reproduction. (Autoradiography) An experimental technique successfully used to improve photo-image quality of low contrast specimens, particularly biological.

Several joint/single papers published are available via "University Records"

I chose early retirement in 1982, to have enough time to see more of Australia by motorcycle and eventually explore parts of the USA/Canada, particularly the West Coast areas, the total to be recorded on film, so in preparation I established my private darkroom in the house laundry, (Right) but then, computers, digital cameras, etc. replaced all film and associated chemical processing, so today, my photography is via digital cameras and the computer printer, a greatly improved system producing quality results.


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Luke Bryant

Retired, following 20 years at Monash University, Dept. of Physics as Head of Photographic Laboratory from 1962 to the end of 1982 – to become openly involved with Gay/Lesbian issues in Law Enforcement, particularly those of Gay/Lesbian Victoria Police Officers.

I'm also a member of the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation,  formed  to perpetuate the memory of members of the Victoria Police killed in the line of duty. This is achieved through fund raising with money going to specialized medical facilities in Victorian public hospitals. 

To date, the Blue Ribbon Foundation has allocated more than $3 million to community projects that give specialized treatment and medical care to over 65,000 patients each year.

* See: Articles in Prime Timers, "ACCEPTANCE - NOT TOLERANCE AND HATE-CRIMES"  Pages 10 & 11, February 2012 and "TIMES PAST" Pages 10 & 11,  August 2012. 

Much of my history and photos can be found throughout my website on Yahoo “flickr”.  See below.

Website: www.flickr.com/photos/rlukebryant/


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